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2015 dates named for Maine startup week

The second annual Maine Startup and Create Week will be held from June 22-28 in Portland, the event’s organizers announced on Friday.

Community Concepts mum on CEO's departure

Community Concepts Inc., a Lewiston-based social services agency that provides small business loans, is not saying why CEO Mike Burke stepped down on Wednesday after serving the...

Rockport entrepreneur sues business partner

A Rockport entrepreneur who led one of the highest funded Kickstarter campaigns in Maine is suing his business partner for abandoning their high-tech sunglasses venture.

State sprinkler rule stymies 14 businesses

About 14 home-based businesses in Bath aren’t able to open because they haven’t complied with what they’re calling an expensive state mandate to install...

Portland businesses take part in anti-cigarette butt campaign

Peter Van Allen |

Portland wants to kick a habit of tossing cigarette butts onto sidewalks and streets.Business leaders, city officials and...

Tom's of Maine founder reinvents for-profit sustainability in his second company

Lori Valigra |

Three days after signing the papers to sell his iconic Tom's of Maine to Colgate-Palmolive Co. in 2006, Tom Chappell and his son Matt went to Wales to hike. Two weeks of daily treks for...

DEP gives $16K fine to North Yarmouth business

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has fined a North Yarmouth-based furniture restoration business $16,000 for violating hazardous waste rules.

Charity theft case takes toll on Camden business

A Camden business is closing later this month in the wake of former owner Russell "Rusty" Brace facing allegations of embezzling $3.8 million from a local charity he led...

MTI awards $2.5M in grants and loans

Lori Valigra |

The Maine Technology Institute awarded about $2.5 million in 33 grants and loans to entrepreneurs in nine Maine counties in this year's third quarter.

CEI, Morgan Stanley to boost small businesses

A new lending partnership between Wiscasset-based CEI (Coastal Enterprises Inc.) and Morgan Stanley is expected to benefit small businesses in Maine and the Northeast.